Friday, November 3, 2017*
* Registration is now open
Take a Patriot to Work allows you to welcome Mason students to your site for a one-day job shadow. Build a talent pipeline while helping students make career choices! You may choose to participate on one day or, if you have multiple shadow opportunities available, you might consider registering for both days.
While the goal of this program is to assist students in making realistic career choices, it is never too early for you to recruit! This program is targeted at underclassmen who make excellent interns! Feel free to share information on current and future openings with students.
What kind of experience should we offer a student?
Some organizations choose to incorporate activities into their shadowing day or to simply host a general orientation to their company. The choice is yours, however whatever format you decide on, please be clear in your description what the experience for the day will be so that students know what to expect.
- Have students conduct informational interviews with a variety of employees
- Provide a tour of your facility
- Allow students to attend meetings or company events
- Have them observe and ask questions
- Ask them to assist with a research project
- Give them reports or spreadsheets to prepare
- Let them work directly with or observe interactions with clients
|9 a.m.||Arrival, office introductions with Jessica Smith, Director of Network Operations|
|9:30 a.m.||Shadow Jessica during the 9:30 staff meeting|
|10 a.m.||Shadow Jessica to observe her Project Management role|
|10:30 a.m.||Shadow Jessica as she gathers project updates from direct reports|
|11 a.m.||Tour of office by Jessica|
|Noon||Lunch with Jessica including Q&A time / informational interview|
|1 p.m.||Introduction to Aamir Patel, Manager of IT Operations
|1:30 p.m.||Observe Aamir during client meetings|
|3:30 p.m.||Shadow Aamir during post-meeting activities|
|4 p.m.||Observe Aamir during follow-up activities, brief Q&A|
How do I sign up?
Registration is now open. List your shadow opportunity early! Shadow opportunities will be visible to students from September 23 through October 9 only.
Follow these steps to register:
- Create or sign in to your HireMason account
- Select the "Jobs" tab
- Select the "Job Shadow" tab
- Click the "Add New" button
- Fill out the form and hit "Submit" (NOTE: Do not directly copy and paste position descriptions into the form. Instead, provide a general description of the experience.)
Students have approximately a two week window to apply to up to three shadow opportunities (students will only be matched with one shadow each day).
You will have a 10 day window to review the resumes you have received and to rank your applicants.
At the end of the ranking period when all employers have ranked their applicants, HireMason will auto select matches based on both student preference and your rankings. You will then be notified by email if you have matched with a student (not guaranteed).
Contact your student(s) by phone or email only after you receive notification of a match. Reach out to your student(s) within two to three days of receiving notification so that they may coordinate their schedule and arrange transportation.
No, students provide their own transportation, and they are not compensated so the only cost is your time. Some employers choose to provide lunch for the students but that is not required and completely up to your organization.
All industries are welcome to participate! Industries of high demand by students include law, healthcare, public policy, accounting, and technology. For security reasons, we cannot accept a home-based business which is
run out your personal residence.
While we appreciate your interest, if you manage your business out of your home our policy is that students may not job shadow in a private residence for security reasons.
The program is open to ALL degree-seeking Mason students. This is an opportunity for students who are still exploring majors or career paths to decide if a particular career is right for them. If you would like to specify students from a particular major(s), you have the option to do so in the registration form.
In preparation for their visit, all students complete an orientation that covers workplace etiquette and professional dress.
An itinerary for the day is recommended but not required. We have found that an itinerary assists you in planning a well-rounded experience. It can be helpful to share this itinerary with your student ahead of time so they know what to expect.
Please communicate with students any specific requirements such as parking, dress code, ID, or unique company policies in advance of the day as well.
A screening tool for GPA is not available, however you may list your GPA requirement in your job shadow description.
Since job shadowing is an exploration tool for students, we encourage you to forgo screening based on GPA and to instead review the student's motivation or other criteria for shadowing with your organization.
Yes, you may specify citizenship requirements in your registration form.
Yes, you may notify your applicants of any additional forms required to participate. Their contact info will be available to you after they apply to your job shadowing opportunity.
You will need to notify the students that you must cancel and/or make other arrangements if you have been matched. Please notify Debbie Zuiker, our Experiential Learning Coordinator, of any changes or decisions to withdraw.
Please review our Recruiting Policies that apply to all employers recruiting at George Mason University as well as the specific policies below:
If an employer is unable to follow through with their commitment to host a student for any reason, they are responsible for notifying the students and Debbie Zuiker, Experiential Learning Coordinator. If possible, please schedule another date for the students to do a job shadow with you.
Contact Debbie Zuiker, Experiential Learning Coordinator, with any questions or for more information.